Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica) Oil Is Used In Natural Skin Care Products For Its Beneficial Effects On The Nervous System

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Essential Oil: Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica)

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Cedarwood oil was possibly the first essential oil to be extracted from a plant, and was used by the Egyptians in the mummification process. The Egyptians also valued Cedarwood highly as an ingredient for cosmetics, and impregnated papyrus leaves with it to protect them from insects.

Essential Oil of Cedarwood


Plant Pic(Cedrus atlantica - Moroccan Cedarwood; Cedrus virginiana - American Cedarwood)

Cedarwood is in the Conifer (Coniferae) Family along with other well-known trees such as Pine and Cypress. The oil is extracted from the wood by steam distillation, producing a clear, viscous oil with a dry, balsamic aroma.

Properties of Cedarwood Oil:

  • Antiseptic,
  • Astringent,
  • Diuretic,
  • Expectorant and
  • Sedative.


Uses in Natural Skin Care Products:

Cedarwood is often used in skin care products for men as it is good for oily skin and to calm the skin after the abrasive effects sometimes caused by shaving. Cedarwood is particularly good for dandruff and acne as it is known to control excessive sebum production in the skin and scalp.


Uses in Traditional Medicine:

Cedarwood has been recorded as a remedy for Urinary Tract conditions such as cystitis and for bronchitis and catarrh.

Other Uses and Indications of Cedarwood Oil:

  • Acne
  • Bronchitis
  • Catarrh
  • Cystitis
  • Dysuria
  • Gonorrhoea
  • Pyelitis
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Skin diseases and
  • Urinary tract disorders.

Cedarwood helps relieve anxiety and nervousness and can be found in Wildcrafted’s Energy Balance Massage Blend and in the Wildcrafted Relaxation and Winter Hydro Oil Blends.

Contraindications and Cautions: Do not use in Pregnancy

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